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Elizabeth Melville

Call: 1994

"Excellent, responsive and meticulously thorough, Elizabeth is also very client friendly and always willing to go the extra mile."

The Legal 500 2021

“Her preparation is meticulous and her advocacy is fantastic.” “Very user-friendly and willing to go the extra mile for the client.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

Overview

Elizabeth  has over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and now specialises in high-level investigatory and internal disciplinary work.  Her work involves investigating serious allegations against senior individuals within a wide range of organisations, from high-profile political, sporting and arts organisations to banks, charities, schools and universities, spanning both the private and public sector. Much of her work in recent years has involved allegations of serious sexual harassment and assault (including historic allegations) following on from the #MeToo campaign, as well as allegations of other forms of discrimination and misconduct.  Her unique qualifications and expertise often see Elizabeth instructed on investigations that would typically attract a silk appointment.

Elizabeth also maintains a niche litigation practice within the employment tribunal and EAT alongside her investigation work.

Elizabeth complements her core legal practice with expertise in mental health and wellbeing, in which she takes a keen interest and lectures regularly.  She has studied analytical psychology with a London based training organisation, including undertaking a clinical placement within an NHS psychiatric clinic, and has worked one to one with clients therapeutically.  She draws on this experience when conducting investigations; she tailors her approach to suit the particular client and context, and is able to interact sensitively with both complainants and accused individuals alike.

Elizabeth is a qualified mediator and is able to conduct workplace mediations, coaching and internal training.  She also regularly chairs appeal and grievance hearings within organisations.

Professional Recommendations

 

“Excellent, responsive and meticulously thorough, Elizabeth is also very client friendly and always willing to go the extra mile.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Her preparation is meticulous and her advocacy is fantastic.” “Very user-friendly and willing to go the extra mile for the client.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Meticulous in her preparation for cases. An excellent and thorough advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“Her preparation is meticulous and her cross-examination is extremely thorough.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

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Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 gsmith@oldsquare.co.uk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 jennings@oldsquare.co.uk
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